Today was the day I had my meeting with Dawn, from the Parks Trust.
A wet, miserable start to the day, with that rain that gets you soaking wet.
I topped up the feeders, and had a quick look round the car park area, while I waited for Dawn.
The roosting Redwing were quite vocal, as they gradually left; and a lot of vocal geese too, as they headed north, for breakfast.
The Song Thrush was belting his song out, from his favourite perch,
and a Robin was dueting further along, in another bush.
Dawn arrived, and we had a wander down to the feeding area. A Treecreeper was slowly climbing the trunk of a tree, as we chatted by the feeders, and after a while we had a slow walk round the south lake.
Pied and Grey Wagtail, Cormorants, and a pair of Goosander. A good start to the morning.
As we reached the far end of the lake, Little Grebe, along with their bigger cousins, Great Crested Grebe. And the rain had stopped by now.
Up towards the road bridge, and across the lake, back to the car park.
A quick chat, and then Dawn left, for work, I guess, and I made my way round the north lake.
By now my knee was giving me some pain, and it seemed a struggle to get right round.
Grey Heron, Gadwall, Wigeon,
and another Treecreeper made it worthwhile though.
And the sun chose to shine at this point.
A large group of Canada Geese, with a few Greylags, were up ahead, and in amongst them, the pretend Snow Goose.
He really is a fine looking goose.
Eventually, back at the car park, a quick look at the feeders, and then home.
An enjoyable morning.
Full list of today's sightings
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Goosander (Mergus merganser merganser)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Common Kingfisher [sp] (Alcedo atthis)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii)
British Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes indigenus)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris britannica)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)
Total species 38